circle of trust©  retreats

In partnership with the Center for Courage & Renewal, inspired by the work of Parker J. Palmer, WholeHeart & Vermont Courage Programs offers seasonal Circles of Trust, by trained C&R facilitators.

From one-day introductions, 3-4 day retreats, and a year-long seasonal cohort, Circles of Trust invite reflection and alignment of soul and role.  Please see our events page to register for specific programs.


Thanks to our annual Valentines Day Scholarship Fundraiser, we are pleased to have partial scholarships available.  Please email if you would like to apply for partial funding to attend one of our offerings.

We also welcome contributions to this fund throughout the year to expand the reach of this work!    

Yearly offerings include: 

year-long vermont Courage Cohort

  • november, February, May & August

This year's cohort is launching. Please be in touch if you would like to apply for the 2018-2019 cohort year.  For more information, contact

Seasonal Retreats:


  • Winter's Gift: Rekindling the Light Within: january 24-26, 2018: burlington, vt


  • Transitions: EQuinox Energy March 21-23, 2018: burlington, VT


  • Courage EArth on hurricane island, maine: July 25-28, 2018

  • Courage to Lead Summer Institute: for school leaders, Maine: Dates TBA  


  • Autumn Harvest: October 17-19, 2018: Burlington, Vt


Vermont Courage Cohort ~ gathering seasonally since 2001!

Vermont Courage Cohort ~ gathering seasonally since 2001!

Creating connection in community & nature

Creating connection in community & nature

Island nourishment ~ lunch, conversation, sun, sea & shade.

Island nourishment ~ lunch, conversation, sun, sea & shade.

Fire & Ice: exploring the paradoxes of the seasons together.

Fire & Ice: exploring the paradoxes of the seasons together.







intergenerational Leadership Exchanges

Cross-generational wisdom sharing enables us to weave our work into a richer, stronger tapestry. Using a workshop model initiated by the Berrett-Koehler Foundation, the Leadership Exchange brings together intergenerational leaders from a variety of fields and backgrounds for a day-long think-tank in which to exchange ideas, inspiration, and practical means for addressing today's most critical concerns. 


Spring Exchange: Saturday, April 28, 2018

Fall Exchange: Saturday, September 29, 2018

Addison County, VT: Treleven

Spring Exchange: Saturday, May 19, 2018

Fall Exchange: Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018


Read about our recent Leadership Exchange in the Stories & News Section. 

community Conversations

democracy circles

Based on Parker Palmer's Healing the Heart of Democracy, Democracy Circles use two techniques to support dialogue across differing political views: Open & Honest Questions and Habits of the Heart.  WholeHeart is supporting a cohort of concerned citizens to host Democracy Circles in communities across Vermont. For more information in your community, contact us:  

Hope reimagined

A wholehearted exploration inspired by the book, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living by Krista Tippett, Host of On Being, a Peabody Award-Winning Public Radio Conversation.  Free & open to the public, Hope Reimagined  is an opportunity to experience our WholeHeart approach to connecting through reflection and conversation.

Pilot serices held in Greensboro, summer 2017.  Additional Community Conversation locations are being explored.  Be in touch if you would like to host one in your community.

You can start this work right now, at home, by exploring our Practices page!